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SCOTTISH RESEARCH: Cooperation is the name of the game

DearREADERS,

When it comes to Scottish research, you'll find one-stop "shopping" at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

Ol' Myrt visits ScotlandsPeople during this week's MightyMouse segment of DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio show (also available as a podcast.) The government of Scotland has taken the initiative by consolidating the following record groups for presentation on this site. We're talking indices AND printable scanned images of original documents.

STATUTORY REGISTERS
-- Births 1855-1904
-- Marriages 1855-1929
-- Deaths 1855-1954

OLD PARISH REGISTERS
-- Births & Baptisms 1553-1854
-- Banns & Marriages 1553-1854

CENSUS RECORDS
-- 1871
-- 1881
-- 1891
-- 1901

WILLS & TESTAMENTS
-- 1513-1901

Please note there is no "separation between church & state" when it comes to the presentation of both church and government records of interest to family historians at this site. Thankfully, you don't need to know the specific town of origin for your Scottish ancestors, since this website has consolidated the databases on a national level.

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ACCESS THESE RECORDS?
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Compiled from: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/faqs/questions/index.aspx?138

-- FREE SURNAME SEARCH The surname search on the Scotland's People homepage is free and covers all records, allowing you to check how many records of a particular surname appear in the various datasets, before you commit to payment.

-- FREE INDEX SEARCH OF WILLS Access to the index of wills and testaments is free of charge.

-- SCANNED IMAGES OF ORIGINAL WILLS Viewing full-color, actual size digital images of an original will, testament or inventory costs 5GBP per document, regardless of length.

-- INDICES OF STATUTORY (VITAL) RECORDS, OLD PARISH RECORDS & CENSUS RECORDS Access to statutory, OPR and census indexes costs 6GBP. For this fee, you will receive 30 "page credits" which are valid for 7 consecutive days. Viewing a page of index results costs 1 credit and each page will contain up to 25 search results.

-- SCANNED IMAGES OF STATUTORY (VITAL) RECORDS, OLD PARISH RECORDS & CENSUS PAGES Viewing an image costs 5 credits (equivalent to 1GBP). Your session begins when payment has been authorized and additional credits may be purchased in 6GBP increments. The session will restart with each new credit purchase.

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FREE HELPFUL GUIDES TO UNDERSTANDING
THE DOCUMENTS
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See: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&420

Handwriting Help

Sums of money, including the use of:
-- 'lb' or 'li' (with a stroke through it) signifying the Latin word 'libra' (meaning pounds)
-- 's' (or double s) signifying the Latin word 'solidus' (meaning shilling)
-- signifying the Latin word 'denarius' (meaning penny)

Weights & Measures http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&425

The Way People Lived http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&435 including:
-- The Clothes Chest
-- Working Lives
-- Hidden lives
-- Hearth & Home

Glossary http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/help/index.aspx?r=419&429
-- Occupations
-- Medical Terms
-- Unusual Words
-- Word Abbreviations

That's where I learned the definition of OUTSIGHT PLENISHING, which means moveable property kept or lying out of doors; it would include livestock and implements like ploughs, but not corn or hay, which were not reckoned as "plenishings."

If you don't live in Scotland, and are concerned about the exchange rate, not to worry. Your MC or VISA does the exchange for you automatically at the time of purchase. So PLAN AHEAD, for a seven day stretch to make full use of your time and research dollars when it comes to the Scottish limbs on your family tree and this BEST OF THE INTERNET FOR GENEALOGISTS website -- ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
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